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The most significant buildings of Russian classicism of the beginning of XIX century

General Staff Building on the Palace square designed by architect K.Rossi.
 
The immense building created for the General Staff and for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs perfectly fits into the ensemble of the Palace square. The majestic monumental arch with a span measuring 17 m incorporates the idea of the victory in the Patriotic war of 1812 against France; it is topped by a six horsed cart, warriors and a statue of Glory.
 
The central part of the General Staff Building consists of two cases connected by an arch, making together an arch with a total length of 580 meters. The building is issued in strict classical style. Facades of cases are decorated with majestic porticoes. Wings of the house look identical in spite of the fact that they aren't equal on length. For disproportion elimination the architect issued facades porticoes: from fourteen columns on the General Staff, from twelve - on the Ministry case. It is constructed in 1819-1829.
 
In 2013 a large-scale reconstruction of the Eastern wing of the General Staff building was completed. Today it houses the exhibits of the State Hermitage museum.

Under the coffering of the Arch of the General Staff one may see the clock with a lettering on its face saying “The main chamber. Right time”. The clock was set in 1905 on the initiative of D.Mendeleev.

If you fear losing time in the queue to the Winter palace, pop in the General Staff. This will give you the grounds to tell your friends that you have visited the exhibits of the Hermitage.

  • Address: St. Petersburg, Dvortsovaya ploshad, 6/8
  • Phone Number: +7 (812) 495-71-71; +7 (812) 495-71-23
  • Site: https://www.hermitagemuseum.org
  • Working time:
    Monday: Free
    Tuesday: 10:30 - 18:00
    Wednesday: 10:30 - 21:00
    Thursday: 10:30 - 18:00
    Friday: 10:30 - 21:00
    Saturday - Sunday: 10:30 - 18:00
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